Sponsored By: Infinity Foundation

W.A.V.E.S. International Conference

W.A.V.E.S. International Conference on India’s
Contributions & Influences in the World
July 12-14, 2002
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA, USA


World Association for Vedic Studies (WAVES), Inc.
(A Multidisciplinary Academic Society – Tax Exempt in USA)
In Collaboration with 
Center for Indic Studies, UMass, Dartmouth
CASC, School of Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center, CT

Please visit our website: http://www.umassd.edu/indic/waves

About the Conference:

The Conference aims at bringing together persons interested in diverse areas of Indian Studies. These will include common men & women, scholars, academics, authors, writers, journalists, media-persons, artists, etc. It is FOURTH in a series of International Conferences on studies related to India and its people flowing from Vedic tradition – ancient to modern. The other three conferences held before were: International Conference on Revisiting Indus-Sarasvati Civilization & Ancient India’, Atlanta (GA), October 4-6, 1996, ‘International Conference on New Perspectives on Vedic & Ancient Indian Civilization’, Los Angeles (CA), August 7-9, 1998, ‘International Conference on Contemporary Views on Indian Civilization’, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, July 28-30, 2000.

Submission of Papers for Presentation

Papers on any aspect of Indian studies can be sent for presentation. These will include those on Archaeology & Anthropology; History & Social Sciences; Language, Literature & Linguistics; Science & Technology; Vedas; Upanishads; Smirities; Puranas; Epics – Ramayana & Mahabharat, Gita; Contemporary Works and Issues; Dharma-Shastras, Ethics & Rituals; Agriculture, Plant Science & Ecology; Inter-Religious Dialogue; Health, Yoga & Martial arts.

Please visit our website for more information: http://www.umassd.edu/indic/waves


Professor Bhu Dev Sharma, President, WAVES
113 N Econlockhatchee Trl, Orlando, FL-32825, USA
Ph: 407-275-0616, Fax 407-275-0013, sharmawaves@yahoo.co.in

Professor Bal Ram Singh,Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry, 285 Oldport Rd, Uni. Of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, MA 02747, USA Ph:508-999-8588; Fax 508-999-8451, bsingh@umassd.edu

Mr. Satya D. Gupta, Gen. Secretary, 10531 NW 43rd Ct., Coral Springs, FL 33065, USA; 954-752-1715, satyagupta@juno.com

Dr. Deen B. Chandora, Treasurer, WAVES, 4117, Menlo Way, Atlanta, GA 30340, USA, (770)939-5172; deenbc@hotmail.com

Local Organizing Committee

Dr. Sukalyan Sengupta, Dept. of Civil and Env. Engineering, Uni. of Massachusetts, 285 Old Westport Rd, Dartmouth, MA 02747, USA; 508-999-8470; Fax: 508-999-8964, ssengupta@umassd.edu

Kulbhusan Chowdhary, India Museum & Heritage Soc, Providence

Prof. Ram Gupta: Roger Williams University, RI

Prof. Madhu Jhaveri, UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA

Ishwarbhai Patel, Dartmouth Motor Inn, Dartmouth, MA

Maheshbhai Patel, Days Inn, Attleboro, MA

Prof. Bal Ram Singh, UMass Dartmouth, Dartmouth, MA

International Organizing Committee

Professor Hans H. Hock, Professor of Sanskrit, Dept. of Linguistics, Uni. of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801; (217)333-0357; hhhock@staff.uiuc.edu

Dr. Klaus Klostermaier: Professor of Religion, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA R3T 5V5, Tel (204)474-6276; Fax (204)275-5781, kklostr@cc.umanitoba.ca

Mr. Rajiv Malhotra, The Infinity Foundation, 53 White Oak Dr. Princeton, NJ 08540; rajiv.malhotra@att.net

Dr. K. P. A. Menon: 215 Kailash Hills, East of Kailash, New Delhi – 110065; +(91-11)684-0374; kpamenon@hotmail.com

Padma-Vibhushan Dr. Vidya Niwas Misra M-3, Badshah Bagh, Varanasi, INDIA; Phone: +(91-542)-356-309

Lord Professor Bhikhu Parikh: Professor of Political Science, University of Hull, Hull, England, UK HU6 7RX. Tel 44-1482-466-209; Fax 44-1482-466-208

Professor Farley Richmond, Professor & Head, Dept. of Drama & Theatre, Uni. Of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA 706-542-2890; Richmond@arches.uga.edu

Travel Information:

Dartmouth can be reached by air and ground transport. Nearest airport is Providence (35 miles), RI, and is preferable to Boston. There are frequent flights and Grey Hound Bus services from New York, Boston and other cities in USA.

Main Features:

The conference shall feature: Keynote Addresses, Invited Talks, Paper Reading Sessions, Panel Discussions, Public Lectures, Several Symposia on Different aspects of Indian Studies

Symposia and their Organizers

There shall be several symposia to focus on certain areas of Indian study. The symposia, finalized so far, along with their organizers, are as follows:

Hinduism, Pluralism, and Interfaith Dialogue – Organizers: Professor Klaus Witz, Curriculum & Instruction. Uni. of Illinois, Champaign, IL 61820, 217-333-4505, k-witz@staff.uiuc.edu, and Dr. Thomas Forsthoefel, Department of Religious Studies, Mercyhurst College, Erie, PA 16546, 814-824-2353, tforstho@mercyhurst.edu

Mahabharata – Its Influence in the World – Organizer: Professor T. S. Rukmani, Dept. of Religion, Concordia University, 1455 de Maisoneuve West, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8; rukmani@alcor.concordia.ca

Gita – A Gospel of Great Influence – Organizer: Dr. Krishna Bhatt, 44 Main St., Skowhegan, ME 04976, USA, phone 207-474-8337, Krishna@egita.org; and Mr. Rajiv Malhotra, 53 White Oak Dr., Princeton, NJ 08540; rajiv.malhotra@att.net

Hindu Diaspora – Its Influence, Directions and Issues – Organizer: Professor Rajeshwari Pandharipande, Program for Study of Religions, University of Illinois, 3010 Foreign Languages Bldg, 707 South Matthews Ave, Urbana, IL 61801, 217-333-0946; raj-pan@uiuc.edu

Influence of Indian Linguistic Thought – Organizer: Professor Kapil Kapoor, Rector, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067, India, phone +(91-11)617-2241, kkapoor40@yahoo.com

Kashmir Shaivism – Organizer: Virendra Qazi, 2284, C/2, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi – 110070, India; +(91-11)689-2972; virendraqazi@yahoo.co.in

Ayurveda and Health – Organizer: Dr. Amala Guha, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Program Director of Complementary and Alternative Supportive Care, University of Connecticut Medical School, 262 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT- 06030, USA; guha@worldnet.att.net

Indian Theories and Approaches to Consciousness – Organizer: Dr. Sangeetha Menon, National Institute Of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Science Campus Bangalore, India +(91-80)360-6594 prajnana@yahoo.com and Dr. Don Salmon, 455 Quail Ridge Rd., Salem, SC 29676,864-944-1287, virtreal@jps.net

Note: A person desirous of presenting a paper that falls in the area of a symposium is requested to send the abstract of his/her paper to appropriate symposium organizer, also copying it to Professor BhuDev Sharma.

Conference Program Outlines

July 12, 2002, Friday

6:30-8::00 am Breakfast
8:00 Registration begins
9:30-11:30 Inaugural Session
11:30-12:00 Tea Break
12:00-12:45 Keynote address I
12:45-2:00 Lunch Break
2:00-3:30 Paper Reading Sessions
3:30-3:50 Tea Break
3:50-6:20 Paper Reading Sessions
6:30-10:00 Social, Public Lecture and Conference Banquet

July 13, 2002, Saturday

6:30-8::00 am Breakfast
8:00-9:30 Plenary session
9:30-9:45 Tea Break
9:45-11:30 Keynote address II
11:30-11:45 Session break
11:45-1:15 Paper Reading Sessions
1:15-2:30 Lunch Break
2:30-4:30 Paper Reading Sessions
4:30-5:00 Tea Break
5:00-6:30 Plenary Session
Break for Dinner
8:00-10:30 Public Lecture & Cultural Program

July 14, 2002 Sunday

6:30-8::00 am Breakfast
8:00-10:00 Paper Reading Sessions
10:00-10:15 Session Break
10:15-11:45 Plenary Session / Panel Discussion
11:45-1:45 Paper Reading Sessions
1:45-3:00 Lunch Break
3:00-4:00 Concluding Session

World Association For Vedic Studies, Inc.
2002 – International Conference on India’s Contributions

Registration Form

Name: ……………………………………………….
(First) (Middle) (Last)

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Please tick any of the following: I will:

  • Present a paper: Title of the Paper .. ……… ……………………………………………….
    (NOTE: Please send an abstract, in about 250 words, latest by May 31, 2002 to Professor BhuDev Sharma, preferably as a word-file by e-mail.)
  • Organize a symposium ………………… ….
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Registration Fee:

(In US dollars). Full registration fee includes: conference material, three days’ breakfasts, lunches, one dinner, conference snacks & drinks, entry to cultural program. (Conference banquet is not included.)

Single person – US$145.00
Two in a family – US$250.00
Students (Proof required) – US$50.00
One day Registration – US$50.00 (Dinner not included)
Banquet – US$35.00 per person.

Discount for Pre-Registration:

Person seeking full registration by May 1, 2002, pay $20.00 less per person.

Amount Enclosed:

Send all payments, in US dollars, on a bank in USA, in the name of ‘World Assn. For Vedic Studies’ to the Deputy Treasurer, Mr. Dhirendra A Shah, 780 Ullswater Cove, Alpharetta, GA 30022, USA, (770)664-8779; Fax (770)664-8780; siaram@aol.com.


Organizers have reserved accommodation for 300 delegates at University of Massachusetts’ Ceder Dell Housing Suites ($100/3nights); Comfort Inn/Hampton Inn are about 3/10 miles from campus and their charges in July will be around $90/night. Participants are free to make their own arrangements.

To download a copy of this registration form as a .pdf file, please click here.

Please visit our website: http://www.umassd.edu/indic/waves